[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]



Suzanne Warner



Create a mathematics classroom atmosphere where students no longer fear math, no longer have anxiety about math, and no longer think they are simply just not good at math.  Jo Boaler is a Stanford University professor with research-based and field-tested strategies whose book Mathematical MIndsets will help you create a math classroom where students experience mathematics though a positive growth mindset method. Videos and additional website readings will complement the Mathematical Mindsets book. Teachers will learn to create mathematical tasks, assessments, and feedback that encourage student growth, understanding, and joy as their students master mathematical ideas and concepts.

This course is appropriate for teachers K-12.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • An understanding of how the brain functions when students learn math, make mistakes, and struggle.
  • The ability to create mathematical mindsets in their students.
  • Learn how to create rich mathematical tasks.
  • The knowledge to create heterogeneous groups that lend themselves to higher level mathematical thinking.
  • Learn how to create assessments for a growth mindset.
  • Strategies for creating a classroom based on positive growth mindset.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



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Suzanne Warner, M.S., received her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Rochester, New York.  She has taught mathematics in the middle school, high school, and college settings, most recently in Oregon. Suzanne has been lauded by administrators, colleagues, students and parents regarding her teaching and classroom management skills. Her students enjoy learning in a respectful, productive environment, where each student is in control of her/his own learning and behaviors. She strongly believes that all students want to do well, and creates a teaching environment for them to succeed. 

When not in the classroom, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family reading, hiking, backpacking and traveling.



Boaler, Jo, What's Math Got to Do With It? How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success, Penguin Books, 2015, paperback, 72 pages, ISBN 978-0143128298, In this straightforward and inspiring book, Boaler outlines the nature of the problem by following the progress of students in middle and high schools over a number of years, to find out which teaching methods are exciting students and getting results. Based on her research, she presents concrete solutions that will help reverse the trend, including classroom approaches, essential strategies for students, advice for parents on how to help children enjoy mathematics, and ways to work with teachers in schools.

Humphreys, Cathy and Ruth Parker, Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 4-10, Stenhouse Publishing, paperback, 200 pages, ISBN: 978-1571109989, Making Number Talks Matter is about the myriad decisions facing teachers as they make this fifteen-minute daily routine a vibrant and vital part of their mathematics instruction. The book offers practical ideas for using Number Talks to help students learn to reason numerically and build a solid foundation for the study of mathematics.

Pearce, Margie and K.M. Walton, Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking, Corwin, 2011, paperback, 240 pages, ISBN 978-1412992237, American students are losing ground in the global mathematical environment. What many of them lack is numeracy—the ability to think through the math and apply it outside of the classroom. Referencing the new common core and NCTM standards, the authors outline nine critical thinking habits that foster numeracy and show you how to: Monitor and repair students’ understanding, Guide students to recognize patterns, Encourage questioning for understanding, Develop students’ mathematics vocabulary. Included are several numeracy-rich lesson plans, complete with clear directions and student handouts.

Ricci, Mary Cay, Ready-to-Use Resources for Miindsets in the Classroom: Everything Educators Need for School Success, Prufrock Press, 2015, paperback, 184 pages, ISBN 978-1618213969, Ready-to-Use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with all of the tools they need to help students change their thinking about their abilities and potential. Featuring ready-to-use, interactive tools such as planning templates, letters for parents, preassessments, compare and contrast charts, online resources for parents, lists of books that teach perseverance, handouts that teach students about their brains, self-reflection checklists, surveys, and a unique study guide for the original book, this book is perfect for schools looking to implement the ideas in Mindsets in the Classroom quickly, easily, and successfully. When students believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. This book contains everything schools need to create a growth mindset school culture in which work and effort can lead to success!

Smith, Margaret Schwan and Mary Kay Stein, 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions [NCTM],  NCTM, 2011, paperback, 104 pages, ISBN 978-0873536776, The 5 Practices framework identifies a set of instructional practices that will help teachers achieve high-demand learning objectives by using student work as the launching point for discussions in which important mathematical ideas are brought to the surface, contradictions are exposed, and understandings are developed or consolidated. By giving teachers a road map of things that they can do in advance and during whole-class discussions, these practices have the potential for helping teachers to more effectively orchestrate discussions that are responsive to both students and the discipline.

Willis, Judy, Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Students Attitudes and Get Results, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 2010, paperback, 195 pages, ISBN: 978-1416610366, With a straightforward and accessible style, Willis shares the knowledge and experience she has gained through her dual careers as a math teacher and a neurologist. Readers will learn how to: Improve deep-seated negative attitudes toward math, Plan lessons with the goal of achievable challenge in mind, Reduce mistake anxiety with techniques such as errorless math and estimation, Teach to different individual learning strengths and skill levels, Spark motivation. And more! With dozens of strategies teachers can use right now, Learning to Love Math puts the power of research directly into the hands of educators.